Aangezien Nell Watson haar voordracht op IT Innovation Day in het Engels zal doen, hebben we dit interview eveneens in het Engels gehouden en als zodanig ook uitgeschreven.
What does innovation mean to you?
Innovation is the art of bravely reaching into the future to snatch an empowerment for all humanity. Innovation is a risky behaviour for the individual, but society enjoys huge benefits from it
What do you see as a main obstacle for innovation?
Risk/Reward calculations often favour building and maintaining upon existing proven concepts. The majority of the value of an innovation is not captured by the creator, but by those who exploit it's polished derivatives. One of the biggest risks to innovation is state interference and reactive lobbying against new ideas that threaten powerful vested interests.
Eleanor 'Nell' Watson is de founder en CEO van Poikos. Zij verzorgt een keynote op IT Innovation Day met als titel Machines Making Sense of Humans: How machines can make us smarter and healthier. Het is een pakkend verhaal over hoe mens en machine kunnen samenwerken om zo gezonder en gelukkiger te worden.
What does smart technology mean for you now, tomorrow and in the future?
All technology extends our human capacity. We give ourselves diesel hands and petroleum wings, and extend our minds with silicon and coltan. Smart technology means empowering humans and their autonomous servants to make better decisions in real time.
How can CIO's and other C-level staff give innovation a role within their daily job/policy?
Innovation is very difficult within a rigid environment oriented towards exploitation rather than exploration. Innovation almost always happens at the fringes, so a Xerox PARC style research satellite away from the main organisation often works best.
Where do you believe the biggest innovation opportunities are at this moment?
I'm personally very interested in how we can best integrate intelligent machines within our society. The OpenEth initiative that I am part of is working to make ethics computable. I believe that one of hte main business opportunities in the near-to-mid future involves making soft skills explicit and modellable by machines.